Archive for October, 2015

I’m Going Through Changeh-eh-ezzzzzz…

October 25, 2015

WOWWWWWW the past couple weeks have been huge for Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE. Last Saturday, October 17th we played our first wedding, for our friends JP and Leilah. They met at one of our gigs at P&L when the band was first starting out, and sang a duet of Weezer – El Scorcho together that night. It only made sense for us to play their wedding too.

We played 2x 90 minute sets; before and after their vows, and learned a couple of Radiohead songs for their first dance; Weird Fishes, and Reckoner.

I often get worried before we play private events that not enough people attending know there’s going to be a karaoke band playing, and that they won’t be mentally prepared to sign up to sing (as opposed to when people come to our bar gigs, because they’re coming specifically to see the band and sing), that we’re going to have to fill the time singing all the songs ourselves. Good news: THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN! It never happens, but that doesn’t stop me from worrying about it. We had a steady stream of singers, people were into it, the ceremony was beautiful, the bride and groom were happy, alls well that ends well.

We finished the evening with JP and I doing a duet of the Smiths – This Charming Man.

This past Wednesday October 21st we played the opening gala for the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario at the Sheridan Centre at 123 Queen Street West. We even had a catered V.I.P. room just for the band!

We had a request to open with Wings – Live And Let Die (we played the Guns N Roses version) which I sang, and the rest of the gig went great! Lots of enthusiastic singers, great crowd, and we played well!

Special shout-out to our Booking Agent, Jenn Cowan at Resonance Productions for pulling it all together for us that night. Couldn’t have done it without you!

This Thursday October 29th, we’ll be playing Supermarket in Kensington Market, releasing our new Spaghetti Incident t-shirt design, which we asked Ben Daiken to model for us. I think he looks very sexy wearing it.

Friday we’re playing a set of Descendents covers at Lee’s Palace, whose record Milo Goes To College I’ve been listening to over and over to burn the songs into my brain.

For archiving purposes, it’s worth mentioning our amazing gig back on Labour Day weekend back in September. We took a drive down to Erieau, just outside a Chatham, to play an event called Rockeoke On The Beach which was organized by a very industrious young man named Chris Luis. This guy definitely knows how to throw a party. He takes photos, does video production, builds houses…HE DOES IT ALL!!

There were thousands in attendance, we played a 4 hour set, everyone loved it, we felt like rock stars…

That’s my rig; acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keys, song-chart book and ipad for charts. Really hoping to finish scanning/saving all the charts from my binder to my iPad soon so I can stop bringing the binder to shows.

This is jusssst before we started playing.

Anywayyyyys, I’m excited for all our upcoming shows, and thankful for all the opportunities we’ve had so far to play to such supportive enthusiastic audiences.

End Of Summer Party Pics

October 11, 2015

Here’s some photos from the 159 Manning end-of-summer party on Friday August 28th. We had a great turnout and vibe that night, so was very happy I decided to throw the party.

Thanks to Wave of Terror, Fill Spectre, Paul Jacobs and Yardlets for playing, and thanks to everyone else who came or helped out in some way that night.

Double Barrel Kombucha

October 10, 2015

I’ve been brewing Kombucha on and off for about a year now and my SCOBY has been getting really thick.

A new layer forms on top of the SCOBY with each new batch brewed, which is why it’s been getting so thick. I decided to pick up a second 2.5-gallon jar from Honest Ed’s this morning and split the SCOBY and starter tea into 2 batches.

I also picked up a giant 4-gallon metal pot from Value Village a few days ago, so I can boil all the tea for both batches at once. It was only $15!

I was able to make 12 bottles from last weeks batch, and used Andrea’s juicer to flavor them. We put fresh ginger in all of them, and made 3 flavours: Apple Cinnamon, Clementine, and Mango-Rasberry-Strawberry. I brought some in to P&L last night to share with the kitchen staff. They all seemed to like it, and Brent said it was the best Kombucha he’d ever had so I took that as a high compliment.

UPDATE: I put the top 3 layers of the SCOBY which looked very thick and healthy into the new jar but it doesn’t seem too stoked on its new home. It’s the one of the left, sitting at the bottom of the jar. Hopefully it’ll adjust in the next day or so and rise to the occasion.

Halloween Weekend Toronto 2015

October 9, 2015

I’m very excited for Halloween weekend! I’ve got 3 totally different shows lined up 3 nights in a row. Costumes are encouraged (though not required) all 3 nights.

On Thursday October 29th, Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE will be doing what we do best; 4 hours of open-call karaoke at Supermarket in Kensington Market. We’ll be releasing our Spaghetti Incident inspired t-shirt that night (see previous post).

On Devil’s night, Friday October 30th we’re getting the original 4 members of the band back together (me, Jesse, Craig, and Fraser) to do select cuts from Descendents’ – Milo Goes To College with Chris Murphy for Death To T.O. (also see previous post). It’s the 5th year of the annual party, and my first time performing there since Children In Heat covered the Misfits, headlining the first of 2 nights during the inaugural year. Here’s an article I was interviewed for in the Onion from that first year, October 2011. Click the pic to enlarge.
Finally on Halloween proper, Saturday October 31st, Fill Spectre will be playing at Soybomb! I’ve hired Jason Wydra and Paul Mack from Soybomb to cover sound-tech duties at the last 2 years’ 159 Manning BBQ’s during NXNE. It’s a big task and they each did a brilliant job both times. I feel like we’ve got big mutual respect and understanding for each other, each running untraditional/D.I.Y. venues for just over a decade now. At any rate, everyone in the band is pumped to play there, especially on Halloween. It’s the perfect vibe with which to share our music. From the event description: Fill Spectre – these guys channel the true dark heart of rock’n’roll. a rare treat for soybomb to have gems like this!

Last week, a number of musicians were posting lists on FB of 30 bands they’d shared a stage with. I did not attempt to make that list BUT it got me wondering if I could make a list of 30 musicians who’d played a full show with Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE since we started in Dec 2013. I got stumped at 24 musicians, but if I add the hosts who each put in an hour at our show at Yonge-Dundas Square back in June, that makes 29!! Close enough!

1. Jesse Bellon – guitar
2. Craig Mailman – bass
3. Fraser McEvoy – drums
4. Samson Graham – guitar
5. Eric Woolston – drums
6. Del Cowsill – bass, drums, guitar
7. Alan Snoddy – guitar
8. Ty Lee AKA Al Parkins – guitar
9. Danny Gorman – guitar
10. Robin Hatch – keys, bass
11. Maurie Kaufmann – drums
12. Curtis Courtemanche – drums
13. Derek Downham – drums, bass
14. Anna Ruddick – bass
15. Dan Klas – drums
16. Jeremy Finkelstein – drums
17. Brendan Mowat-Smith – guitar
18. Chris Murphy – vocals, host
19. Buck 65 aka Rich Terfry – vocals
20. Zachary Forbes – drums
21. Dave Engle – keys
22. Ryan J Sampson – bass
23. George Nikolov – drums
24. John Bellon – bass
25. Kevin Hilliard – host
26. Mike Nelson – host
27. Nobu Adilman – host
28. Daveed Goldman – host
29. Nick Sewell – host

I’m the only member of the band who has played every single Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE show. Jesse Bellon, Del Cowsill and Eric Woolston each come in 2nd place-ish for most-shows-played, Craig Mailman, Fraser McEvoy and Alan Snoddy coming in together for a close 3rd. I think everyone else has played somewhere between 1 and 5 shows with us.